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  • Mr. Finchum is co-director of the Center for Protected Area Management and Training and field director for the Conservation Leadership Program, both at Colorado State University. Mr. Finchum has a B.S. in Environmental Science and Geography from Louisiana State University and an M.S. in protected area management from Colorado State University. His areas of interest include ecotourism, environmental communication, protected area and corridor planning, linking conservation and livelihood activities, leadership, and capacity building. Mr. Finchum has worked extensively throughout Latin America, initially as a Peace Corps volunteer with the Charles Darwin Research Station in the Galapagos Islands, followed by almost a decade of experience as an ecotourism outbound tour operator in Mesoamerica. He is a member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas and Commission on Education and Communication, board member of the Mesoamerican Ecotourism Alliance, and founding member of the Alliance for Natural Area Capacity Development in Southern Mexico. Currently serving in two co-director roles at Colorado State University, Mr. Finchum has focused his energy over the past five years on improving linkages in the tripartite land-grant mission of teaching, research, and outreach activities in ways that better prepare students to be effective conservation leaders.